wǔ five; 5


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Note

Originally a picture of a square with a point in the middle - making 4 points, simplified to show just part of the square
Number of strokes: 4

Sounds same

wǔ (noon) wǔ (martial)

Different tone

wū (crow) wū (house) wú (not to have) wù (do not) wù (fifth (ordinal))

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 五
Stroke order for character 五, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

麻雀虽小,五脏俱全 má què suī xiǎo, wǔ zàng jù quán A person is a person regardless of size. Complete in every detail
五十步笑一百步 wǔ shí bù xiào yī bǎi bù Being complacent about the future. Believing a job is all but done when only half done.

Phrases

sì shí wǔ gè rén 45 people
wǔ bǎi wǔ shí sān 553
wǔ bǎi wǔ shí sān 553

Also

五福 wǔ fú good luck gods
Chinese proverb

Proverb

黔驴
Qián lǖ jì qiong [qian lu ji qiong]
black donkey skill poor
Even a clever donkey can not solve the problem. The story is that a tiger first spotted a donkey and was scared of the new monster, but seeing it do very little but kick it killed and ate the donkey.
No idea on how to proceed
Be at wit's end
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